Book Sale Information
he Board of the Friends of the Essex Library would like to thank all who contributed to the success of our April Book Sale. A profitable sale requires significant work by many volunteers, and we appreciate the effort of those who worked during the Saturday and Monday sales, those who sorted, repaired, priced and stored books in preparation for it, those who helped set up, and those who put everything away afterwards. We are especially grateful to the several students who lifted heavy boxes of books before and after the sale, and, as in the past, we thank the library staff, who is always there to support us. Lastly, we would be remiss in not thanking all of you who contributed to the sale, and who purchased, books, CDs and DVDs. Your support of the library is deeply appreciated.
As your thoughts turn to outdoors activities, you’ll want to come frequently to our May Focus Sale. A large collection of Maritime and Sports books will be available. And, so that you’re prepared for family fun when summer arrives, in June we will focus on books for Children and Young Adults. Stop by at any time. The shelves are updated daily.
Remember, there are no dues to become a Friend of the Library. Ask for an application at the circulation desk.
We welcome donations of all books in good condition for both adults and children. We also welcome unabridged books on CD, music CDs and movie DVDs as long as they are in their original box.
We cannot accept:
- Books with mold or water damage
- Magazines (including National Geographic)
- Text books over 2 years old
- Technology books/manuals over 1 year old
- Encyclopedias, Reference books
- Vinyl records
- VHS tapes or cassettes
When and where do I bring my donations to the library?
We accept donations all year long, except for the week before our Spring and Fall sales. Please bring them in any time the library is open. If you have a lot to carry, see the person at the circulation desk to have the door near the handicapped parking opened. Please do not leave donations in the lobby or at the door.
What happens to donations?
Donated items are screened for use by the library (and then cleaned if necessary). If they do not go to the library shelves, they are sorted, priced and put into categories for the book sale. We do not have a lot of sorting room so they go into category boxes in the order in which they arrive .Items that don’t sell during our sales continue their journey and are distributed to the Newington VA, The Niantic Women’s Facility, Read to Grow and Goodwill. Items that are not in sellable condition are placed on the free shelves near the library copier or sent to the recycling room at the dump.
Can I get a tax deduction?
The library will be happy to give you a form that thanks you for your donations but does not put a monetary value on them. Ask for the form when you bring in your donation items.
More questions about donations?
What categories do you use for the BOOK SALES?
AV ITEMS (audio books, music cds, movie dvds)
CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT
DIY – Do It Yourself
LITERATURE / DRAMA
SPORTS & MARITIME
DIY includes, crafts, technology, and woodworking
Literature/Drama includes short stories, essays, and plays
Miscellaneous topics not fitting the categories above
Self-help contains: philosophy, psychology, yoga, ‘how-to’ for personal growth
Children’s includes; board books, STEAM, as well as Activities and Games